Myriad Pictures has acquired international distribution rights to The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right; Crazy, Stupid, Love), Michael Angarano (Brass Teapot, The Forbidden Kingdom, Haywire), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, Baby Mama, Stuck in Love), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror, Abduction, The Blind Side), and Nathan Lane (The Producers, Mirror Mirror, “Modern Family”). Following the film’s recent world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Myriad will screen the film for the first time for buyers at this month’s Cannes Marche du Film. The English Teacher is the charming story of a small town teacher whose mundane routine is turned around when a former student returns after failing as a playwright in New York City. The film was written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton and is an Artina Films production.
Linda Sinclair (Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, Pennsylvania. She shares a small apartment with two Siamese cats and her rich collection of great literature, and she likes it that way. But Linda’s simple life turns an unexpected page when former star pupil Jason Sherwood (Angarano) returns to Kingston after trying to make it as a playwright in New York. Now in his 20s, Jason is on the verge of abandoning art, pressured by his overbearing father (Kinnear), to face reality and go to law school. Linda can’t stand the thought of Jason giving up on his dreams so she decides to mount his play – a dark, angst-ridden, ambitious work – as a Kingston High School production, with flamboyant drama teacher Carl Kapinas (Lane) directing. With the play, her reputation, and her teaching career on the line, Linda finds an unlikely ally in herself.
Said D’Amico, “The entire cast really shines in this fun and engaging film, and Julianne Moore delivers another brilliant and witty performance. We are thrilled to add The English Teacher to our lineup for Cannes.”
The English Teacher is an Artina Films production. Naomi Despres, Robert Salerno, Matthew E. Chausse and Ben LeClair served as producers. Philippe Chausse of Procinvest Sas and Aaron Gilbert of Media House Capital served as executive producers. The film premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and will be theatrically released in the U.S. by Cinedigm on May 17, 2013.